• Illiustration by Simon Bosch

    Illustration: Simon Bosch Until very recently German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn’t “do” gender. “That’s really not Angela’s kind of thing!” IMF chief Christine LaGarde said of the German Chancellor in an interview with the Financial Times last September.  “I have never ever spoken to her about gender. It’s not her.” Nevertheless, just six months later Merkel’s government has introduced legislation … Read More

  • Faith and Feminism

    ChristineFaith and FeminismPosted by Christine on 03 March 2015


    Friends of Faith I am going to talk today about Faith and feminism. I am going to pay tribute today to a part of Faith Bandler’s life that is not as widely known as the many other things for which she is rightly famous and for which she is remembered and honoured. Fighting for women’s rights was a constant in … Read More

  • Obamaatselma

      This is one of the great speeches of the modern era: a US President invoking the progress of Blacks, women, gays, immigrants and other previously disempowered groups as a measure of American progress. President Obama marked 50 years since the brutality of the march on Selma by redefining the United States as a country for all. It is well … Read More

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    We must do whatever is needed to end this crime wave – and now. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, it is heartening to know there is agreement in Canberra on what needs to be done to achieve full gender equality. In her speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday, Senator Michaelia Cash, who is Minister Assisting … Read More

  • Illustration: Simon Bosch

    Selecting Rosie Batty to be 2015 Australian of the Year is a huge moment for our country. She’d been my pick but I still doubted she’d win. Was Australia really ready to have the conversation about domestic violence? It turns out we are. Or, at least, some of us are. When I ran the Office of the Status of Women … Read More

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    Last Saturday morning I was in Madrid, standing in sombre reflection in front of Guernica.  Picasso painted this massive work in Paris in May 1937 in a frenzied response to the bombing on April 26, 1937, by German planes of the Basque town of Guernica in his homeland of Spain. This was state-sanctioned terrorism, one of the first times civilians … Read More

  • Peta Credlin, photo by Alex Ellinghausen

    “I regret that in some quarters we’re still at risk of telling girls not to ‘show off’, to work hard but not rock the boat thereby engendering a lack of confidence while we praise boys for displaying knowledge.” These are the words of Peta Credlin, chief of staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, “vividly” recalling when she was four years … Read More

  • Frankly, I don’t give a damn whether or not Julie Bishop calls herself a feminist. What matters is what she does, as a woman and for women. And it’s a great shame that because the recent cacophony about the “f” word has occupied so much media space, there has been little – I could find none – examination of her … Read More

  • Finally, after being out of print since 2008, Damned Whores and God’s Police is now available as an e-book, and on sale through this website. I have been struck by how many requests I have been getting for the book in recent weeks. Very gratifying to know it is still talked about and that people still want to read it. … Read More

  • The week before our Prime Minister promised to “shirt-front” the president of Russia, I was at the gravesite of a man who hit his wife so hard she went through a door. The man was my grandfather, on my father’s side, and the woman he assaulted was his wife, my beloved Nana. When this man died suddenly, aged 51, in … Read More